INNformer #130 Aug 06
Hello Mainlanders, Islanders and those in between,
It’s finally developing into summer with the sun beginning to show itself more and more often. Our mornings usually begin with a regular curtain rehearsal. Quite often we awaken to witness a quickly developing marine fog layer. That curtain pulls completely back by 10am to present the show of summer. The lawn has slowed its pace considerably and has lost its deep green color, the flowers are of a different shape, height and color and have replaced those of last month. The wraparound porch is covered with falling rose petals and has the company of our guests all afternoon and into the early evening as they witness the golden display of the day’s sunset finale.
Pumpkin Update: Good news! We had 2 pumpkins that pollinated. Of those, I had to choose the one farthest from the root and it is gaining about 2 inches in circumference each day. As of today it is 22.00 inches (55.88 cm) around and weighs approx. 6.27 pounds (2.82 kgrams). I’ve got it up on a pallet (I learned my lesson from last year). Now, if the sun keeps shining, the deer don’t eat it, the bugs stay away and a bolt of lightening doesn’t strike it, we’ll have a champ. It’s holding onto it’s blonde color. We have 64 days to get him really for competition at our Farmers Market on Sat. Oct 8th. See baby photo – 10 days old.
Win a FREE night’s stay at the Anchorage Inn B&B. Every year we ask for a name for our pumpkin. After all, it’s not an “it” any longer. It’s only been 3 weeks since our last INNformer, but we wanted to give everyone a chance to think of a name. Send us your clever, winning suggestion of a name before Sept 1st and the name which is chosen will win an overnight stay in your choice of any room (excluding the Crow’s Nest Suite and Discovery) at the Anchorage Inn, depending upon availability. Reservations should be made for a visit anytime between Oct 1st, 2011 and May 30th 2012.
The 3 Sisters: When growing your garden next year, here is something to remember.
The Three Sisters are squash (or pumpkin), corn and beans which grow and thrive together. Corn serves as the natural trellis for the beans to grow on. The beans’ roots set nitrogen in the soil to nourish the corn. The bean vines help to stabilize the corn stalks on windy days. The squash plants shelter the shallow roots of the corn and shade the ground to discourage weeds and preserve moisture. Truly a symbiotic relationship. I have read where it was a common practice to bury a small fish alongside the seeds at planting to nourish the “Three Sisters.”
World travelers have arrived from Italy and Canada. At this pace we may set an all time record for Canadian visitors.
Returning Guests that have been awarded discounts since our last INNformer totaled:
3rd & 4th reservation for the 10% Pancake discount = 1
5th thru 9th reservation for the 12% Omelet discount = 2
10th thru 19th reservation for the 15% Quiche discount = 0
20th or more reservation for the 20% French Toast discount = 1
This number is down considerably due to the number of reunions, weddings and vacationers we’ve had during the height of season.
Well, I could chatter all day long, but i know you’re anxious to put your thinking caps on. Besides that, the Inn hasn’t had a vacancy in 3 weeks and we’re busy as bees.
Coupeville – The shortest distance to far away.
Dave and Dianne
(Leave your pumpkin name suggestion by Sept 1, in the Comments section.)
A Victorian Inn located on beautiful Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, Washington, in the historic town of Coupeville, overlooking picturesque Penn Cove. The majority of the seven lavishly appointed rooms provide splendid views of the cove, waterfront buildings, rolling hills on Whidbey Island, nearby Camano Island, and 10,700 foot Mt. Baker.
Dave & Dianne have been Innkeeping for 15 years. They are involved with the community in many ways and are the founders of the Coupeville Lodging Assoc., now 25 strong.
Coupeville is your closest distance to far away